Review: Steve n Seagulls- Gransville

When Steve ‘n’ Seagulls went viral a few years ago with bluegrass covers of popular classic rock songs, they took full advantage and capitalized on this by releasing Farm Machine and fans fell even more in love. Enter 2018 and they’re back with their third record- Grainsville, which sees them venturing into a few new instrumental territories but still keeping true to what’s made their cult following so special. They open with a classic SnS-style cover of Lenny Kravitz’ “Are You Gonna Go My Way” before throwing us a curveball with “Digging The Grave,” which has a mariachi crew that will make you ready to fiesta your lights out. Van Halen’s “Panama” has one hell of an intro that gives the band a chance to really showcase their skills and they even throw in a cover of Pantera’s “I’m Broken” and Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” the latter of which sees Remmel channeling an impressive Eddie Vedder vocal approach and both songs prove the band can add their flavor to more than just the classic rock anthems- newer rock has no bounds either. KISS’ “I Was Made For Loving You” sees the band transforming a classic disco-rock song into a hauntingly beautiful track that you can slow-dance to and is just gorgeous. They also throw in Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” ZZ Top’s “Gimme All You Lovin” and Jimi Hendrix’ “Voodoo Child” to round things out but they also throw in a few originals, which shows the band really evolving and taking some risks and it all pays off strongly. Rating: 8/10 -Reggie Edwards